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Montgomery County officials react to announcement that 2016 Democratic National Convention will be held in Philly

Local officials hail announcement city will host 2016 Democratic Convention

By Dan Clark and Brendan Wills, Digital First Media

Friday, February 13, 2015

NORRISTOWN >> With the Democratic National Committee’s Thursday morning announcement that Philadelphia will host the Democratic National Convention in 2016, local lawmakers hailed the move as both a political and economic boon to the region.

“This is a great day for Philly and our region and shows that we can accomplish big things when we work together,” Montgomery County commissioners’ Chairman Josh Shapiro said in an email. “This all started with a small meeting at the Union League with a handful of us more than a year ago and grew into a massive, bipartisan, inclusive, regional effort that will bring people, revenue, and civic pride to our region. I can’t wait for 2016!”

Chairman of the Montgomery County Democratic Party Marcel Groen said in an email he applauds the national committee’s decision.

“Congratulations to Philadelphia!” Groen said. “The Montgomery County Democratic Committee is excited the convention is coming.”

Groen said he expects many guests coming into the city for the convention will make use of the hotels, restaurants and entertainment facilities in Montgomery County.

“I thank and congratulate Congressman (Robert) Brady, former Gov. (Ed) Rendell, (Pennsylvania Democratic Party Executive Director) Kevin Washo and all of the others who worked on this, and congratulate all of us Pennsylvanians for this wonderful opportunity,” Groen said.

Pennsylvania Democratic Committee Chairman James Burn said in an email statement that Philadelphia is the best place to host the convention.

“Philadelphia’s rich history and historic significance to our country make it the perfect backdrop for this convention. The Democratic presidential nominee has won in Pennsylvania continuously since 1988. As the host state for this event, we plan on maintaining that winning tradition in 2016,” he wrote.

State Rep. Mary Jo Daley (D-148th Dist.) said she is looking forward to supporting her candidate for the presidency.

“I hope to have the opportunity to support Hillary Clinton as the Democratic nominee for president of our great nation in its birthplace,” Daley said in a statement. “The entire Delaware Valley will benefit from jobs created, opportunities to show off our convention center, historic places, excellent restaurants, award-winning public transportation system and warm Philadelphia hospitality. The City of Brotherly, and sisterly, Love will be ready for the Democrats in 2016.”

The convention will bolster Montgomery County Democrats on the national stage, according to state Rep. Tim Briggs (D-149th Dist.).

“The more attention the National Democratic Party puts on our area the better,” Briggs said, citing Shapiro as “a large part of the process that attracted the party will bring the Montco Democrats to the next level of national attention.”

Briggs predicts the same economic boon experienced during the 2000 Republican Convention.

“In 2000 when the Republicans convention hosted their convention they set clear goals on what the region needed to accomplish,” he said. “It certainly helped with tourism and branded Philadelphia as a destination. We’ll be looking to work with public officials to do the same in 2016.”

The Democratic National Committee chose Philadelphia over Columbus, Ohio and Brooklyn, N.Y., according to reports from the Associated Press.

The Democratic National Convention will be held during the week of July 25, 2016.